NYC Honorary Street Names


Pedro Rafael Landestoy Duluc Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:Intersection of 166th Street and [St.] Nicholas [Avenue]
Honoree: Pedro Rafael Landestoy Duluc (1925-2018) was born in La Romana and studied at Santo Domingo's National Conservatory of Music. His first work for piano was composed when he was 20 years-old. He wrote over 100 songs in the pop genre, gaining an international reputation as a composer in the 1950s after escaping the dictatorship of Trujillo and traveling to Mexico and Venezuela. His music has been interpreted by many well known musicians, and his songs have been performed and recorded by such great Latin American singers as Celia Cruz, Toħa la Negra, Alberto Beltran, and Vicentico Valdes. In the late 1950s, he moved to New York, where he performed as a pianist in various musical groups, including the Lecuona Cuban Boys, directed by the great Ernesto Lecuona. He went to Puerto Rico in 1962 to join the monastery of San Antonio Abad and to teach music at its school. He returned to New York in 1977. (Rodriguez)

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